In Times Before the Light

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In Times Before the Light
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Studio album by The Kovenant
Released 1997
Recorded August 1995 at X-Ray Studios
Genre Symphonic black metal
Length 50:38
Label Mordgrimm
Producer Sire Johannesen
The Kovenant chronology
From the Storm of Shadows
(1994)From the Storm of Shadows1994
In Times Before the Light
(1997)
Nexus Polaris
(1998)Nexus Polaris1998
Remixed edition cover
2002 remix
2002 remix
Re-release cover
2007 re-release
2007 re-release
Re-release LP cover

In Times Before the Light is the debut studio album by the Norwegian black metal band The Kovenant, and was released in 1997 through Mordgrimm.

Album history[edit]

In Times Before the Light is the first album The Kovenant (at that time called Covenant) created back in 1995. The only members at the time were Nagash and Blackheart. The album is considered to be symphonic black metal and provided Covenant a good fan base in Norway. The album was created when Nagash and Blackheart were of young age, at least 17 years old. The release was significantly delayed due to loss of album artwork in shipment to the record company.[1]

A re-recorded version of In Times Before the Light was released in 2002 through Hammerheart Records due to Nagash and Blackheart (now 'Lex Icon' and 'Psy Coma') citing that they were not satisfied with the original release. Covenant were also forced to change their name to The Kovenant due to a dispute with a Swedish electronic band of the same name. The outcome is significantly different from the original; an industrial version of the original symphonic black metal album. The remixed tracks are longer, various elements were added to them and many parts were re-recorded.

The album was re-released in January 26, 2007 through VME/Head Not Found as In Times Before the Light 1995, with tracks from their 1994 demo From the Storm of Shadows as bonus content.[2] The material was remastered by Tom Kvalsvoll at Strype Audio.

On October 29, 2011, Nagash did a one-time only performance of the entire album at the Aurora Infernalis III festival in Arnhem, Netherlands.[3] Except for Nagash, no other members of the current incarnation of the band participated.

On October 11, 2016, Aurora Infernalis announced that an LP of the original album would be released. Since the album was never released as an LP the record label decided that "in January 2017 it will be out on 180gr gatefold LP with a 12 page full color booklet. It is limited to 666 copies (466 black, 200 splatter) and comes with the original artwork that was lost back in the day. Kutargic made the artwork in 1995, but it was never used on the different CD versions." This LP will contain an original artwork.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Towards the Crown of Nights" 05:50
2. "Dragonstorms" 04:58
3. "The Dark Conquest" 06:54
4. "From the Storm of Shadows" 05:13
5. "Night of the Blackwinds" 03:40
6. "The Chasm" 03:44
7. "Visions of a Lost Kingdom" 03:26
8. "Through the Eyes of the Raven" 05:00
9. "In Times Before the Light" 05:59
10. "Monarch of the Mighty Darkness" 05:54
Total length: 50:38
2002 Remixed
No. Title Length
1. "Towards the Crown of Nights" 06:29
2. "Dragonstorms" 05:19
3. "The Dark Conquest" 07:39
4. "From the Storm of Shadows" 05:34
5. "Night of the Blackwinds" 03:56
6. "The Chasm" 04:39
7. "Visions of a Lost Kingdom" 05:56
8. "Through the Eyes of the Raven" 05:04
9. "In Times Before the Light" 06:04
10. "Monarch of the Mighty Darkness" 06:15
Total length: 56:55
2007 Remastered Re-release
No. Title Length
11. "In Times Before the Light" (From the From the Storm of Shadows demo) 06:25
12. "Visions of a Lost Kingdom" (From the From the Storm of Shadows demo) 03:05
13. "From the Storm of Shadows" (From the From the Storm of Shadows demo) 06:08
Total length: 66:35

Personnel[edit]

2002 Remix[edit]

Guests

  • Sensei Bogus - Bass (additional), Programming (additional)

Other

  • Pål Espen Johannessen - Engineering
  • Psy Coma - Producer, Recording
  • Bjørn Boge - Producer, Mixing, Engineer, Additional Recording, Drum Editing
  • Tommy Svensson - Artwork, Layout
  • Peder Klingwall - Photography

2007 Remastered[edit]

Other information[edit]

  • Engineered by Sire Johannesen; produced by both Covenant & Sire Johannesen
  • Digitally mastered at The Exchange; executive production by Noctis Irae
  • All symphonies arranged & composed by Covenant during the period 1992-1995
  • All poetry penned by Covenant between the years 1993-1995
  • Cover painting by Alex Kurtagić
  • Logo by Christophe Szpajdel
  • Portraits taken by Close Up
  • Art design conceived by Covenant
  • Layout and design executed by Digitalis

References[edit]